The Dubai Design District is my go-to destination for eclectic dining experience. This classy and sleek district which is popularly known as D3 has some of the most amazing restaurants in the city. Few days ago, we visited the newly opened Indian restaurant Mohalla for lunch.
Mohalla means ‘my neighborhood’ or ‘my community’ in many cultures. The Indian restaurant Mohalla pays homage to authentic style of cooking from the different Mohallas of India. The restaurant is headed by chef Adwait who has crafted a wonderful menu that also includes breakfast as well as lunch/dinner.
You can expect flavorful and delicious Indian food from various states in India that is presented artfully. Thank heavens, there is no molecular gastronomy or theatrics…really good Indian food made with fresh ingredients.
We loved the fact that the food was not oily, heavy or too spicy. Indian street food and comfort food that is cooked to perfection. Mohalla brought back the nostalgic memories of the food I ate in coastal India as a child.
The interiors of Mohalla is vibrant, kitschy chic and gorgeous. We couldn’t take our eyes off the stunning mural that depicts old and new India on the wall of the restaurant. Colorful carpets hanging from the ceiling, peacock chairs, beautiful tableware and lively music in the background…adds to the exquisite atmosphere of the place.
We were served complimentary Dosa Crisps with three kinds of chutney as soon as we were seated. We loved the unique idea as most of the Indian restaurants serve poppadum. Mohalla is the first restaurant where we saw something like this.
For drinks, we ordered Sol Kadhi, Tropical Poo and Wood Apple & Mint. The refreshing Sol Kadhi is not to be missed. We also liked Tropical Poo.
As Raj Kachori came highly recommended, we went ahead and ordered the dish which originates from the state of Rajasthan in India. It had crispy kachori filled with refreshing and delicious flavors.
Dal & Singhada Koshimbir is a light, tasty and nutritious salad in a lemon and ginger dressing. A definite must-try.
The Thepla Tacos comes in 3 varieties, but being vegetarians we ordered their Thepla Taco with Naga Jackfruit which was incredible.
Next we ordered veg Khao Suey, an egg noodles dish with coconut curry and various condiments. It is a Burmese inspired wholesome and spicy dish. We enjoyed it.
By this time we were already full as all their small plates had generous portion. So we ordered the simple but extremely delicious Lauki Dalcha which had a homemade flavor and Steamed Basmati Rice for main course.
Dessert was the super indulgent Jalebi with Rabri. I think I found the best Jalebi in town. Ended our lunch with freshly brewed Karak Chai.
Mohalla wowed us with fantastic food that was packed with outstanding flavor and great variety. The good food and drinks is complemented by impeccable service and impressive decor.